The BCIT Student Association welcomes all students to engage in our annual Speak Up Speak Out campaign, where we talk about mental wellness, resiliency, and self-care. This year, we’re partnering with our Sex+ campaign to bring you topics related to sexual health and boundaries. We hope to see folks at the virtual events!

WED | MAR 9

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PT

Developing Resilience in Times of Uncertainty

Free support and skills-building space for racialized students to have an intersectional conversation around mental health, coping with academic or personal pressures, and strategies for building resilience. At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Feel connected and a sense of community with their peers
  • Partake in a dialogue about mental health and the intersections of culture, family, academic and social factors that can influence stressors
  • Learn and practice guided exercise around emotional self-care, resilience and affirmation

In partnership with BCIT Student Life Office

Host: Tricia-Kay Williams

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WED | MAR 16

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PT

Communicating Through Conflict

Using the principles and values of restorative justice, this 90-minute interactive workshop will focus on the theme of interpersonal conflict and the development of communication skills for navigating challenging conversations. In this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand their style of handling conflict
  • Engage in dialogue about the roots of interpersonal conflict
  • Understand the connection between needs, feelings and behaviour
  • Practice key communication skills for de-escalation and navigating conflict in the workplace and beyond

Host: Zofia Switkowski

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WED | MAR 23

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PT

It Can Happen to Anyone: Human trafficking and sexual exploitation

A prevention-based workshop designed for a wide audience provides a general overview on:

  • human trafficking and sexual exploitation
  • warning signs
  • laws surrounding sexual exploitation

Host: Camilla Ho
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WED | MAR 30

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PT

Ask Me Anything Panel: Sex and Connection

Moderated by former BCITSA staff, Trina Prince, we’ll be asking Certified Sex Therapist; Diana Sadat all those burning questions you have about sex, connection, intimacy, boundaries, and more! Participants will be kept anonymous during this panel and are encouraged to ask questions live or send anonymous questions ahead of time.

Submit your questions in advance here

Host: Diana Sadat

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Moderator: Trina Prince

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Tricia-Kay Williams

Tricia-Kay Williams

Tricia-Kay Williams has a BA degree in Psychology at York University (Toronto, ON) and an MA degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University (Vancouver, BC). Tricia-Kay has extensive experience counselling individuals and families and is skilled in treating: Trauma, Anxiety, Transitional/Career and Relational issues. She is also an active community and social services professional who worked as a Residential Youth Worker. Tricia-Kay is an advocate for anti-racism that affects racialized individuals and consults with organizations to foster a more anti-racist approach. Tricia is the owner of a counselling practice called Metamorphose Counselling and Consultation Ltd. and is the host of a YouTube channel called Meta Transitions.

Zofia Switkowski

Zofia Switkowski

Zofia Switkowski is a passionate restorative justice trainer, facilitator, and advocate. She has spent the last seven years working as a facilitator, trainer, and consultant, supporting individuals and communities impacted by conflict and harm.

What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Teaching Tools

Camilla Ho

Camilla Ho

Camilla Ho is the Program Facilitator with Children of the Street, which provides education to more than 25,000 children and youth each school year with the information to keep themselves and their peers safe from sexual exploitation. Camilla completed her BA in International Studies at Simon Fraser University, specializing in culture, society, and comparative world politics. In conjunction with a Dialogue Minor, she holds a Social Justice Certificate from SFU. She has over seven years of experience in program support within social services, children and youth programs, and community outreach. Her passion for facilitation work, community engagement and social justice initiatives led her to focus her efforts on raising awareness on the issue of sexual exploitation and human trafficking of youth in BC.

Learn more about Camilla’s work below:

childrenofthestreet.com

Diana Sadat

Diana Sadat

Diana Sadat (she/her) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist; she is the founder and clinical director at Allura Sex Therapy Centre in Downtown Vancouver. Her clinical specialties include low desire, sexual pain, and healing after sexual trauma, as well as less common issues related to paraphilias. She enjoys working with a broad variety of issues in therapy, as well as supporting other therapists in growing their skills and understanding in the field of sex therapy and sexuality.

Trina Prince

Trina Prince

Trina Prince (they/them) is a trans, non-binary, disabled, neurodivergent, white person. Trina currently lives, as an uninvited guest, on the shared traditional territories of the Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, Stó:lō, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Musqueam First Nations. Trina is a proud feminist and activist who is actively working to end all gender-based violence. As of January 2021, Trina has started a new role as the Manager of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Previously, Trina worked at the BCIT Student Association for 5+ years and is excited to be invited back for today’s discussion. Trina is very honoured to be the Board Chair for the WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre in Vancouver. In 2014, Trina received their Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Over the past 12 years, Trina has held a multitude of leadership roles in their professional and volunteer life and looks forward to learning more with you today.